I never thought I'd be writing about the predicament of what to wear to dine outdoors in all kinds of weather, but it's our reality in 2021, so here I am to give you some advice. I, for one, have dined outdoors in the heat with flies swarming last summer and in the rain this year, although it seems that dining outside in less-than-ideal temperatures is our current situation (come on, spring, where are you?)
But it's going to take a little preparation, so let's discuss it. As someone who is always freezing, I think I'm well-suited to speak on the topic of dressing for warmth without sacrificing your sense of style. The thing that makes outdoor dining such a challenge is that you can't sit there and eat your soup in a puffer and scarf and not be uncomfortable (but if you can, tell me your secrets). You're going to want to wear warm base layers and choose your outerwear carefully, and hopefully, there will be heating.
To guide you, below you'll find eight perfect outfit ideas for outdoor dining, whatever the weather, along with a tip to glean for each and what to buy to see you through until the weather actually gets warm again. Good luck out there, and don't forget your mask.
My friend (and former Who What Wear editor!) Aemilia is my outdoor dining muse with this look. Note the hat and cosy socks. Chic, warm accessories are key here. You want to leave as little skin as possible exposed, but when it does get warmer, you've got the layers to peel off.
What we're going for here is outerwear that you don't need to take off when you sit down to dine. An oversized blazer is perfect—just make sure that your sweater is warm and that your blazer is made of wool or leather.
Shackets are a trend this season, and they happen to make for a great non-bulky jacket. Opt for one that's made of wool or thick flannel, and if you want to wear a coat over it, make sure it's a little more slim-fitting like the Isabel Marant one below.